Ben Yehuda is a wonderful place. The City took a street and turned it into a pedestrian mall. Shops line both sides of the mall with an incredible array of places to eat and sit outside and people watch.
You will hear French, German, Italian, Farsi, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish and English. The parade of people is fantastic. Sit outside and enjoy a coffee and whatever else and just watch the people. Laugh at the groups of Israeli school kids who walk in a group while each of them is busy texting someone else.
Stores range from trinket shops to the most amazing (and expensive) art places and palaces of silver and gold. The side streets are meandering and, again, the range of stores is amazing.
We have our favorite vendors and the two or three times a year that we are in Jerusalem, we always find something to buy to bring back with us. Prices are often fluid, by the way!
The street is a hill and much of it is cobble stone- adding to the charm. There are currency change stores (much better than the banks or hotels), bakeries, ice cream stores, schwarma places, bagel stores, tee shirt stores, yarmulka (skull caps) stores, jewelry stores, and so much more.
We love to go there as much for the people watching as for the bargains.
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